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Bangor University
Williamson Manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WIL

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Williamson Manuscripts

Short Title: Williamson Manuscripts

Creation date(s): ca 1813 - 1910

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 77 items

Name of creator(s): R. M. Williamson, Bardd Du Môn and his son, Owen Williamson.


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Williamson was born in 1807 in Halkyn, Flintshire. At the age of eighteen he became a schoolmaster at Newborough, Anglesey where he stayed until the closure of the school in 1843. He married Jane Roberts in 1830 and they are believed to have had about twelve children, some of which died at an early age. He adopted the middle name Mona after moving to Anglesey.
Robert has been described by Glenda Carr as A prolific if uninspired poet, he was one of the unsuccessful competitors for the chair at the Aberffraw eisteddfod of 1849; the competition led to a major scandal . His interests were varied and in his spare time he studied languages, history, genealogy, astronomy and gardening. He also published a number of his poetical compositions in the form of pamphlets.
Owen Williamson, son of Robert Williamson was born in 1840. He, like his father, appears to have suffered from depression and a physical weakness. He attended the North Wales Training College in Caernarfon with his brother, and became a schoolmaster at the church school in Llangeinwen and then at the board school in Dwyran, Anglesey. He was a good antiquarian and a man of letters who enjoyed writing fictional tales and took an interest in the history of the island of Anglesey. Amongst his publications are Hanes Niwbwrch (1895) and the historical romance Ceris y Pwll (1908). Owen Williamson died in 1910.


Scope and content/abstract: A collection of the poetical compositions of Bardd Du Môn in his own hand. Elegies mainly, but also compositions for Eisteddfod competitions, including his ode for the controversial Aberffraw Eisteddfod in 1849. Also, miscellaneous papers which include letters by Robert Williamson which relate mainly to poetry and competitions.
Historical essays and fictional tales by Owen Williamson all of which have a strong Anglesey connection. In particular, there are works on the history of Newborough and the surrounding area e.g. Llanddwyn, Tal-y-Foel. A few poetical compositions on such topics as Newborough, Llanddwyn and Edmund Prys, Archdeacon of Merioneth, which were most probably entered in Eisteddfod competitions. Also, genealogical notes, transcripts of documents and translations of articles.
Lecture note books of Owen Williamson and his brother whilst attending the North Wales Training College, ca 1859-1860.
A vestry record containing an account of the high road duty performed in the upper part of the parish of Llangeinwen, Anglesey, 1813-1829.


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System of arrangement: Arranged according to creator and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1756-1807, 7390-7414

Language codes: wel eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: The Library of the University of Wales Bangor holds several pamphlets of the work of Robert Williamson. See UNIcat - University of Wales Bangor and North East Wales Institute

Publication note: Carr, Glenda, Robert (Mona) Williamson, 1807-1852 Bardd Du Môn , Anglesey and Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions (1982)


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, December 2001.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Parishes (Local government) | Wales | Llangeinwen
Roads | Wales | Llangeinwen
Tales | Wales | Anglesey
Welsh poetry | 19th century

Personal names
Williamson , Owen , 1840-1910
Williamson , R. M. (Robert Mona) , 1807-1852

Corporate names
North Wales Training College (Caernarfon, Wales)

Llangeinwen (Wales)
Niwbwrch (Wales)

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